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Gellert Grindelwald's escape was an early conflict of the Global Wizarding War and a victory for the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald and his Acolytes. It took place on a stormy night on 30 May 1927, in the skies and surrounding area of New York City, New York, USA, as the International Confederation of Wizards prepared Grindelwald's extradition to Europe.

History

Background information

The attempted extradition

CoF Thestral carriage

On 30 May 1927, International Confederation of Wizards sanctioned Gellert Grindelwald's extradition to take place and Grindelwald was supposed to be transported from MACUSA's prison to Europe in Incarceration Carriage by Rudolph Spielman and Aurors, to be put on trial for crimes he committed.[2] Prior to the move, due to Grindelwald's gift of persuasion, he had his tongue cut out, as several guards had sided with him.

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Grindelwald escape

After Grindelwald was loaded inside with his guards, Abernathy's last minute return of a silver vial and a box supposed to be containing Grindelwald's wand, and President Picquery's caution to Spielman, the transport flew off the platform back towards Europe.[3]

Unbeknownst to the guards and the MACUSA President, Grindelwald and Abernathy had managed to use human transfiguration and switch appearances. When the carriage with the false Grindelwald set off, Grindelwald, still disguised as Abernathy, Disapparated from the MACUSA platform and Apparated underneath the carriage, using the Elder Wand.[4] In mid flight, Abernathy's disguise was revealed inside the carriage but it was too late. Grindelwald then Apparates to the driver's seat and attacks the Aurors, throwing them off the carriage. The two drivers both hit and knock off two other Aurors from their broomsticks in the process.[5] Grindelwald casts a spell through the carriage inside causing Spielman‘s wand to turn to dust, and the wands of the two Aurors to instead point at themselves instead of Abernathy. Spielman, panicking opens the box containing Grindelwald's wand only to have Antonio, Grindelwald's Chupacabra, attack and bite him.[6]

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Spielman's wand turns to dust.

Taking control of the reigns, Grindelwald then drives the carriage down to the Hudson River, the wheels grazing the water. Using his wand, Grindelwald causes the carriage to become filled with water, he then once more lifts the carriage from the river and into the clouds.[6] Still pursued by the two remaining Aurors, Grindelwald causes lightning to strike the two Aurors with his wand. The two Aurors are knocked from the sky.[7]

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Spielman and the two Aurors being jabbed by their wands.

Grindelwald forces the carriage door open with his wand, causing the river water to burst out along with the two Aurors inside to fly out. Grindelwald climbs inside and then proceeds to ruthlessly throw out his Chupacabra. Grindelwald then finally blasts Spielman from the carriage through the gaping space left by the door, however tossing a wand after him.[8] Spielman as he fell through the sky managed to take hold of the falling wand and use a Slowing Charm to stop his fall. He safely falls into the New York Bay and witnesses the carriage disappear into the night.[9]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 3 specifies that the attempted extradition of Grindelwald took place following six months of imprisonment; since Grindelwald was detained following the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film), which took place in December 1926, this would mean that this event took place in around May or June 1927. Even though the exact date is not given in the published screenplay, a The New York Ghost prop from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald announcing Grindelwald's impending extradition (see this image) is dated "Monday, 30 May 1927".
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 5
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 6
  5. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 10
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 12
  7. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 14
  8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 15
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 16